Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large igneous stone deposits found around the world. It starts as molten magma that flows into other rock structures and cools very slowly. The stone is naturally quite rough and textured. However, when it is ground and polished during the countertop manufacturing process, it takes on a smooth surface with rich luster.
Granite is known for its durability, longevity and natural beauty. Because it is naturally made, no two pieces are exactly the same, ensuring that your piece, with its own mineral color, veining and speckles is unique for your home.
Limestone, Travertine, and Onyx are all part of the marble family. Marble is formed as sediment (animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt) and then solidifies (lithifies) into stone.
The making of marble is a natural process that takes years, some say millions of years. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.
Quartzite is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. It is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the natural stone.
Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. Not only is it less prone to denting/chipping but it withstands heat very well. However, Quartzite countertops can be scratched by sharp objects. Therefore, a cutting board should be used.
With a little routine care, your natural stone countertop will look beautiful for a lifetime, maybe even longer.
If you want a countertop that will last, looks unique, and is easy to care for, a natural stone countertop may be your best choice.